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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Considered the birthplace of jazz, New Orleans’s musical roots run deep in its history. The convergence of the spiritual sounds created by slaves with the jubilant music of churches, all mixed with Ragtime rhythms and blues, the city created its own treasured sound that echoes down Bourbon Street in the French Quarter and beyond. Every spring the stage is set for a celebration of music and culture in the heart of this enchanting city.

Jazz Festival room at Ashton's Bed & BreakfastJazz Festival room at Ashton’s Bed & Breakfast

From jazz and rock to gospel and hip-hop, the streets of New Orleans will come alive as the city celebrates the 43rd annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival taking place Friday, April 26th through Sunday, May 5th. Thousands of revelers will flock to the city to indulge in a colorful array of music, arts and NOLA’s world-renown cuisine.

Planning a trip to the festival? Many historic New Orleans bed and breakfasts will put you walking distance or a streetcar ride away from all of the festivities. Built in 1884, the Park View Guest House combines timeless elegance and southern hospitality and features period antiques and plush furnishings. In the morning you can soak in the sights and sounds of the city while sipping a cup of coffee from your own balcony overlooking Audubon Park. Take advantage of the inn’s location on St. Charles Avenue and enjoy a picturesque streetcar ride to the fairgrounds.

1896 O’Malley House Bed & Breakfast1896 O’Malley House Bed & Breakfast

Step back in time at the 1896 O’Malley House, a beautiful Colonial Revival centrally located in Mid-City near the Garden District. After settling into your suite, enjoy the complimentary snacks, wine, or beer before planning your day courtesy of the Inn Concierge iPad (available in second floor suites only).

Apart from the music, New Orleans also is famous for its food. And you won’t be disappointed when you awake at the 8-room Ashton’s Bed & Breakfast located in the Esplanade Ridge Historic District. They serve up mouthwatering breakfasts every morning including New Orleans favorites such as Sweet Potato French Toast and Mardi Gras Eggs Benedict. Black and green onyx and marble hand-carved mantles can be found adorning the antebellum mansion and a massive 300-year old oak tree provides shade for the large patio out back.

If you’re looking to put a spring in your step this season, make your way to New Orleans this month where the soothing sounds of the blue note await you. Our “No Place Like New Orleans!” Pinterest board will give you a virtual tour of all things NOLA including historic sites, tasty cuisine and beautiful B&Bs.

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